I am not big into computer games, at all.
But my kids are, big time. I have a PSP that I never use, but the kids used it for a while, and they used Nintendo DSs.
But all that is pretty much over now they are moving to iPod Touch’s. (Touches??)
I had thought of the Touch as just an oversize, short battery life, walled garden, dumb, mediocre MP3 player. With a few pointless apps. But I was wrong. They are the must have item for the latest cool kids, and when they have them they use them endlessly.
When DS games cost between a tenner and 30 quid, the choice of tens of thousands of free or 1 quid games (and apps) is utterly compelling.
The irony kills me. Microsoft used to know that getting the developers (games and apps) onto your platform was fundamental to success. But Apple have done a truly stunning job with their iOS. Talk about mindshare, I am trying to encourage the kids towards Android, but ALL their mates have Touch’s, why would anyone persecute their child by making them use a notTouch?
Microsoft on the other hand now seem to be doing everything they can to encourage developers off Windows and Office.
None of the kids have asked for a Windows equivalent, if such a thing exists. I think its a whole generation lost to Microsoft, I doubt they will ever make it back. (Actually I’m not even sure my kids have ever used Windows as its Macs at school and Linux at home.)
Incidentally there are 365 Million iOS devices in circulation v 600 million Windows (7) devices + a few hundred million XP and 3 Vista devices. So iOS, whilst not in the majority, is a pretty big development target market.
I am sure there is still a market for things like the PS Vita, but I doubt very much we will be getting any in our family. The 20-30 quid games market might still be a gooer for a few well off adults, but I think its a target market in rapid decline.
Any of you got a Vita? what do you think? iPod touch? (or iPhone?)